CEO and Managing Director
Gina Cocking serves as the Chief Executive Officer. She returned to Colonnade Advisors as a Managing Director in 2014. Gina began her career in investment banking at Kidder Peabody, was an analyst at Madison Dearborn Partners and an associate at J.P. Morgan & Co. She was a Vice President at Colonnade Advisors from 1999 to 2003. She left Colonnade to gain operating experience as the Chief Financial Officer of Cobalt Finance, a specialty finance company. She went on to become the Chief Financial Officer of Healthcare Laundry Systems, a private-equity backed company for which she oversaw the successful sale to a strategic acquirer. Gina served as the Line of Business CFO – Consumer Banking and Lending at Discover Financial Services. Gina serves on the Board of Directors of CIB Marine Bancshares, Inc., a bank holding company based in Waukesha, Wisconsin, that operates banking offices in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Gina received her BA in Economics and MBA from the University of Chicago. Additionally, Gina holds the Series 24, 28, 79 and 99 securities licenses. email@example.com
Jeff Guylay is a Managing Director of Colonnade Advisors. Prior to joining Colonnade in 2000, Jeff was an investment banker at J.P. Morgan in the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Fixed Income Capital Markets groups in New York. He also spent several years in J.P. Morgan’s Chicago office. Jeff has over 20 years of M&A and investment banking experience and has served as lead execution partner on over 25 M&A and financing transactions at Colonnade. Jeff received an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Master of Engineering Management from the University’s McCormick School of Engineering. Jeff received a BA from Dartmouth College and a BE from Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering. Jeff holds the Series 7, 24, 63 and 79 securities licenses. Jeff serves as a director of the non-profit Nurture, an organization dedicated to enhancing the nutrition and wellness of children and families. firstname.lastname@example.org
Willard Bunn III
Willard Bunn III joined Colonnade Advisors as a Managing Director in 2012. Willard has served as chairman, chief executive, and/or director of several commercial banks in the course of his 40 year career. Willard’s long career in the banking industry began at Chemical Bank in New York before he returned to Springfield in 1978 to serve as Executive Vice President, and eventually Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, of Marine Corporation, a multibank holding company with $1.2 billion of assets. Following Marine’s merger with Banc One, Willard was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Banc One Illinois Corporation, a position which he held until 1994. Willard went on to serve in various management positions with two investment banking firms. Willard served as a Director of Baytree Bank of Lake Forest, Illinois from its founding in 2000 and as Chairman of the Bank from April 2010 to August 2012. Willard serves on the Board of Directors of CIB Marine Bancshares, Inc., a bank holding company based in Waukesha, Wisconsin, that operates banking offices in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. He also serves on the Boards of Midland National Life Insurance Company and North American Company for Life and Health Insurance, insurance subsidiaries of the Sammons Financial Group. In addition, Willard is Chairman of the Board for the Poetry Foundation, a literary organization and publisher of Poetry magazine. He serves as an advisory director of Chicago-based Campus2Career Transition Services, and a member of the valuation committee of The Banc Funds Company. Willard holds a BA from Princeton University and an MBA from the University of Virginia. In addition, he holds the Series 79 securities license. email@example.com
Director of Business Development
Tiffany Hu joined Colonnade Advisors as the Director of Business Development in 2019. Tiffany began her career at Morgan Stanley where she held various roles in the firm's Corporate Treasury group in New York and London. After six years at Morgan Stanley, Tiffany joined Mesirow Advanced Strategies, a hedge fund of fund, where she was on the Operational Due Diligence team. Tiffany moved to the client side of the business when she joined the Investor Relations team at Thoma Bravo, a software-focused private equity firm. Tiffany received a BS magna cum laude in Finance and Accounting from New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business. In addition, she passed Level I and II of the CFA program. Thu@coladv.com
Director of Operations
Danielle Flynn is the Director of Operations for Colonnade. Prior to joining Colonnade in 2013, Danielle was a Sales Audit Supervisor for Crate & Barrel. Since 1997, she has been the Office Manager for a family construction company. Danielle began her career at First of America Bank in Mortgage Processing. Danielle received a BS in Business from Eastern Illinois University. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Abel joined Colonnade Advisors as an Analyst in February 2018. Prior to joining Colonnade, he worked in the valuation practice at BDO in Chicago where he performed private company valuations for tax accounting and financial reporting purposes. Tim graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS in Finance in 2016. Since graduating, he has passed all 3 levels of the CFA Program and may be awarded the charter upon completion of the required work experience. Additionally, Tim holds the Series 79 securities license.
James Perrone has been an Analyst at Colonnade Advisors since April 2018. Previously, he was an associate at RSM in Chicago in the Business and Real Estate Valuation division where he worked on buy-side and sell-side due diligence. James graduated with a BS magna cum laude in Finance and a minor in Accounting from DePaul University. In college, he worked part-time at RSM as a generalist in the Valuation division after interning at Guggenheim Partners on the Investment Analysis team. James holds the Series 79 securities license.
Larissa Urban joined Colonnade Advisors as an Analyst in August 2019. Larissa graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BBA degree in Finance, Investment and Banking. Prior to joining Colonnade full-time, Larissa had two internships at Colonnade during her junior year of college. In addition, during her time at university, she completed Wall Street Prep's financial modeling course and received certification from Bloomberg Market Concepts.
Tim Koelling is a Project Manager for Colonnade. Tim began his career at Northern Trust in trust administration. Following his time at Northern Trust, Tim worked abroad as an English teacher, then in education sales for International TEFL Academy. Most recently, Tim was Director of Operations for Nomadic Ant, an independent jewelry boutique. In addition to the above, Tim maintains an active schedule as a professional saxophonist in Chicago. Tim received a BA with Distinction in Communications Studies from the University of Iowa.
Stanley J. Calderon
Stanley J. Calderon spent over 45 years in the financial services industry mostly as a senior executive in the commercial banking industry. Most recently he was associated with Colonnade Advisors, LLC a boutique investment banking firm that specializes in merger and acquisition advisory services. He started his banking career at a community bank in Lafayette, Indiana ultimately becoming President and CEO. Subsequent to that bank’s joining Bank One Corporation, he held senior executive positions with Bank One in Indiana, Texas and Illinois ultimately becoming Midwest Regional Manager of Middle Market Banking for Bank One. Following his retirement from Bank One (now J.P. Morgan Chase) he accepted two consecutive turnaround positions as CEO of CIB Marine Bancshares and Baytree National Bank and Trust. He also currently serves as a board member of Digital Check Corporation.
Christopher L. Gillock
Christopher Gillock spent 42 years in the investment banking and commercial finance industries. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the Cook County North Suburban Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He is also on the board of Recovering Communities of Step Ahead, and is serves as a counselor at the Crisis Text Line. Until July 1, 2020, Chris was Executive Chairman of Colonnade Advisors and Colonnade Securities. He also served as Chief Executive officer of the firm from April 2014 until December 2019. He joined Colonnade Advisors as a Managing Director in 2004. Previously, Chris was Executive Vice President – Corporate Development, Marketing and Communications for Transamerica Finance Corporation, the financial services and information services subsidiary of AEGON, N.V. Chris is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Health Charge Corporation, a provider of information technology services, consulting services and financial services to health care providers. Chris also spent several years with Heller Financial, Inc. serving as Executive Vice President – Healthcare Financial Services and Senior Vice President – Corporate Development and Investments. Chris has advised on more than fifteen merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions totaling in excess of $4.0 billion and has worked on debt and equity financings totaling over $4.5 billion during his career. He served as president of Transamerica Finance’s private equity subsidiary and as a member of Heller Financial’s Executive Credit Committee, which reviewed and approved all equity investments and large loans made by Heller Financial. Chris holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, a BA cum laude in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and the Series 7, 24, 28, 63 and 79 securities licenses.
Joe Kaczmarek is a partner at RSM US LLP. He leads the firm’s specialty finance practice in the Great Lakes Region and dedicates his time exclusively to serving clients in the industry. RSM’s clients in the specialty finance industry include on-line lenders, direct and indirect consumer lenders, purchasers of distressed debt, leasing companies, auto dealerships and related finance companies, mortgage originators and servicers, and commercial lenders. Joe has over a decade of experience providing and supervising audit, consulting, and risk management services to entities ranging in size from startup companies to international organizations.Joe received his MBA and B.S. in Accounting from Eastern Illinois University and is a Certified Public Accountant.